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Part three of this doc­u­men­tary se­ries ex­plor­ing women who have made a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­ni­ties and be­yond, meets five women fight­ing for gen­der equal­ity within their religious faith. Lawyer and Ortho­dox Jew Riki Shapira, and Mus­lim jour­nal­ist Asra No­mani are cam­paign­ing for the right to pray along­side men. Chris­tine Mayr-Lumet­zberger, an ex­com­mu­ni­cated for­mer Catholic nun, is de­ter­mined to lead within her own faith. Inna Shevchenko, founder of the con­tro­ver­sial top­less fem­i­nist ac­tivist group FE­MEN and the Bud­dhist monk, Dham­mananda Bhikkhuni, who wants fe­male monks to be le­galised in Thai­land, swap sto­ries. voy­age in 2013 to New York with 4500 peo­ple on board. Episode three checks out the Stemat Spirit, a unique ca­ble layer, and episode four looks at Hawk, the semi-sub­mersible ves­sel that sinks un­der the wa­ter­line to lift and trans­port the world’s largest oil drilling rig and carry it 25,000km from Sin­ga­pore to Nor­way. Back on Board: Greg Louga­nis Sun­day, 8.30pm, Show­case (115) “I’m Greg Louga­nis, I’m gay and I’m HIV pos­i­tive,” the four times Olympic gold medal diver said in 1995. De­spite be­ing hailed as the best diver in his­tory af­ter his 1984 and 1988 wins, he says team mates called him a fag­got and made life dif­fi­cult. The vic­tim of do­mes­tic abuse, rape and teenage de­pres­sion, he could have earned mil­lions but his spon­sors — ex­cept for Speedo — dropped him when he an­nounced his HIV sta­tus. This doc­u­men­tary traces his ca­reer in and out of the pool. Now 56, he was a men­tor to the US div­ing team at the Lon­don 2012 Olympics. And here’s the punch­line: team mem­bers could not speak highly enough of his con­tri­bu­tion. Darcey’s Bal­le­rina Hero­ines Mon­day, 8.30pm, Arts (133) Darcey Bus­sell was 20 when she earned the ti­tle of the Royal Bal­let’s youngest prin­ci­pal dancer. She re­tired in 2007 hav­ing per­formed all the great roles in the clas­si­cal reper­toire and won the hearts of au­di­ences across Europe. Here she uses her wealth of knowl­edge to ex­plain what goes into a pro­duc­tion: the dis­ci­pline, de­ter­mi­na­tion, the tri­umphs and the in­juries. Bus­sell also ex­plores the chang­ing role of the bal­le­rina start­ing in 18th cen­tury France (where dancers of­ten wore their street clothes to per­form) with dancers Marie Ca­margo and Marie Salle break­ing the rules and im­pact­ing fash­ion. Bal­letomane or not, this is a fas­ci­nat­ing story on sev­eral lev­els. Cuban Chrome Tues­day, 9.30pm, Dis­cov­ery Turbo (634) Be­cause the US im­posed a trade em­bargo 50 years ago, Cuba in some ways was stuck in a time warp. Amer­i­cans were not per­mit­ted to visit. House of Cards Netflix The an­tics of vil­lain­ous pres­i­dent Fran­cis Un­der­wood (Kevin Spacey) and his ice queen wife Claire (Robin Wright) don’t seem plau­si­ble un­til you stop and think, hey, Don­ald Trump is ahead in the race for the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for the up­com­ing US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. While not in the same league as the con­niv­ing, du­plic­i­tous, mur­der­ing Un­der­woods, Trump has shown that no sce­nario is too ab­surd. Last sea­son ended with the Un­der­woods’ mar­riage in trou­ble and Frank strug­gling to hang on to the Oval Of­fice. Now the two an­ti­heroes are at­tempt­ing to re­con­nect as re-elec­tion looms. Fans of this dark political thriller — one of the most ad­dic­tive around — will be pleased to know that there are 13 de­li­cious episodes com­ing up. Have no doubt, they will not dis­ap­point.

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